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The 42 inch mobile computer

June 7, 2007 Presentations are leveraged interpersonal communication and we’re a great believer in having the most effective tools for the job when you have the attention of so many important people at the same time. We love stories about how expertise gained in one industry can be applied to another and the hook with this story is that JACO has been providing point-of-care wireless carts to hospitals worldwide for several decades. The company has now applied its engineering and manufacturing expertise to fill a market void for presentation systems aimed at education, hospitality and professional service firms. The top-of-the-range, 42-inch, height-adjustable Premier System has an integrated computer, high speed WiFi, wireless keyboard/mouse and a battery supply so it offers true mobility without ever requiring the system to be powered down. Moving a complete presentation system from where it is to where it is needed has never been easier. Indeed, it could also be the mobile desktop which you move around the office or home to suit your needs. It could also be adapted to become a mobile DJ system, a mobile home theater system a retail technology merchandising system ... big possibilities with this product.  Read More

New MacBook Pro models are finally here - Santa Rosa, LED-backlit displays

June 5, 2007 Apple have lifted the lid on the new Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro models, with 2.2GHz or 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processors, NVIDIA 8600M GT graphics, and 2GB of DDR2 RAM as standard. Only the 15-inch models get the new LED-backlit displays, with the 17-inch model now having an optional display capable of a 1920x1200 resolution - now that's a lot of screen real estate for a mobile machine. Prices remain the same as the previous models.  Read More

What's better than our RSS feed? The Gizmag toolbar for Firefox and IE

June 5, 2007 Regular readers of Gizmag will have noticed the design improvements we've made this year. In our continued efforts to improve the Gizmag experience, we've created the Gizmag toolbar. Available for Firefox and Internet Explorer, it's the best way there is to keep up or catch up with the site, and explore the near six thousand articles in our archives.  Read More

The HyperDrive4

June 4, 2007 Got a computing task so brutal that even a roaring Seagate Savvio 15K hard drive won't cut it? The HyperDrive4 is a 5.25" storage device which uses volatile DDR memory instead of a conventional mechanical hard drive. This might sound crazy, but with a variety of supported methods to seamlessly backup and restore the data, you'd be crazy to pass on performance boosts of up to 20,000% (depending on the application of course). Forget about buying additional hardware too - the HyperDrive4 plugs-and-plays with any machine that supports IDE or SATA (that's just about all of them). The catch? A limit of 16GB per HyperDrive4, and a hefty price tag.  Read More

The ASUS Lamborghini VX2 Laptop

June 1, 2007 The ASUS Lamborghini VX2 was first seen in January at the launch of Lamborghini’s high-performance Gallardo Superleggera and the parallels between this exclusive brethren don’t end there. Both are significant redesigns of existing products crafted to appeal to the extreme luxury market. Similar to Ferrari’s ACER relationship, this co-creation of ASUS and Lamborghini Automobili reflects the values of the other. On first glance, it’s the stunning yellow paintwork that attracts, and it’s exactly the same metallic Midas Yellow paint from the Superleggera. For those that want a ‘quieter level of sophistication’ the VX2 also comes in another of the Gallardo’s optional colours - Noctis Black. At US$2700, the VX2 is not cheap, but like the Superleggera, it offers ultra high performance and can be ogled for hours at a time thanks to its finish and craftsmanship and it’ll leave no doubt about your brand values even when people don’t notice your distinctive car keys.  Read More

Surface Computing: Microsoft takes touch screens to the next level

May 31, 2007 More than four decades since the conception of the mouse, computer input devices are only just beginning to tap the promise of truly interactive technology which facilitates a two-way conversation between machine and user rather than simply reacting to a limited set of command parameters. This search for a more intuitive and efficient mode of input is now well underway with Microsoft’s ground-breaking foray into the new category of Surface Computing. The Surface is a 30-inch “coffee table” display that not only enables direct interaction with digital content, but also responds to natural gestures and physical objects.  Read More

The Yoggie Pico portable Internet security device

May 31, 2007 Here's an interesting concept: Yoggie's new Pico is a mini Linux computer on a tiny USB dongle that plugs into a laptop and acts as a physical separation between the host PC and the internet. All Internet traffic is cleaned via 13 inbuilt security applications before it even makes it to the host PC's operating system. The net effect is that a portable computer can have the same level of internet security as it has when plugged into the corporate network. Because there's now a standalone processor handling all security applications, the Yoggie actually enhances the performance of the host PC too.  Read More

The world’s most expensive (and sought after) keyboard

May 22, 2007 We have some good news and some bad news for all those people who have been hanging out for the arrival of the Optimus keyboard from Russian designer Artemy Lebedev. The keyboard uses OLED technology so that each of the 113 keys is a stand-alone display showing exactly what it is controlling at that moment. Accordingly, you can switch from language to language, or program to program and the functionality of the key will be reflected in the 48 x 48 pixel image it shows. The good news is that after several years of legal and production delays, the first keyboards will be available on November 31, 2007. The bad news is that only 200 keyboards will be available on that date, with a further 200 in December and another 400 keyboards in January – hardly enough for a world market. But wait, there’s more bad news. The price is US$1564 (UER 1256), though when volume production starts, which it surely must for such a sought-after productivity tool, the price can be expected to drop significantly. Pre-orders are now being taken.  Read More

IBM's new POWER6 chip is a 64 bit, dual-core processor with 790 million transistors runnin...

May 22, 2007 IBM today simultaneously launched the fastest microprocessor ever built and an ultra-powerful new computer server that leverages the chip’s many breakthroughs in energy conservation and virtualization technology. The new server is the first ever to hold all four major benchmark speed records for business and technical performance. At 4.7 GHz, the dual-core POWER6 processor doubles the speed of the previous generation POWER5 while using nearly the same amount of electricity to run and cool it. This means customers can use the new processor to either increase their performance by 100 percent or cut their power consumption virtually in half.  Read More

Kingston to debut DDR3 1500MHz HyperX memory modules at Computex

May 22, 2007 Kingston Technology will be announcing important news concerning its HyperX high performance memory division during the world’s second-largest trade show, Computex Taipei, to be held in Taiwan from June 5-9, 2007. Travelers who visit the Kingston booth will witness live demonstrations of new DDR3 1500MHz HyperX and DDR2 800MHz ultra low latency HyperX memory modules. Kingston 512MB and 1GB DDR3 1066MHz HyperX memory modules recently passed Intel Platform (PMO) Validation, paving the way for the next generation of high-performance computing. DDR3 technology offers significant memory performance gains, at lower voltage and less power consumption.  Read More

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